Woman suffers serious spinal injury while learning to surf on the Gold Coast

A WOMAN has been rushed to a hospital in Brisbane with a serious spinal injury after being dumped by a wave while learning to surf on the southern Gold Coast.

The woman is believed to have been learning how to surf at Rainbow Bay in Coolangatta when tragedy struck just after 1pm on Thursday.

Queensland Ambulance spokesman Michael Augustus told myGC the woman was dumped head-first into the ground resulting in a “fairly serious spinal injury”.


Four ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene where a team of lifeguards and paramedics worked on the woman on the sand for more than 40 minutes.

Once she was stable enough, the woman was then carried off the beach and into a waiting ambulance before being driven 101km to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra hospital for specialist care.

The woman is believed to be aged in her mid 20s and was transported in a serious condition.

No further information was available at the time of writing.